4. Patriots 20, Jaguars 6AFC Championship, January 12, 1997
Perhaps the memory of this victory has faded some in these heady days of the Brady/Belichick Era, but winning the AFC title in the fourth season of the Bledsoe/Parcells Era was extremely fulfilling. Old Foxboro Stadium lost power near the end of the first half, and the Patriots' defense, led by Willie McGinest, took the power away from an upstart Jaguars team that had stunned the top-seeded Broncos the previous week. Otis Smith returned a fumble for a touchdown, Willie Clay picked off a pass in the end zone to clinch the win, and the Patriots were headed to their second Super Bowl.